Food

Whip Up Something Special For Mum

Juicy Chef

Thursday, May 10, 2012    

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Do let your mothers know just how much they are loved and appreciated this Mother's Day. I'm looking forward to showering my own mum with lots of love as the time spent with her is so precious; I am sure you could say the same. Let's remember, too, those we know who no longer have their mothers with them; reach out to them this Sunday, as it can be a bittersweet time. Make mum the centre of attention on her special day by tailoring something for her specific personality and needs. I'm sure she will appreciate a change from her regular routine. For example, if she spends a lot of hours in the kitchen, then I believe you should take her out to one of the many Mother's Day brunches or dinners to give her a welcome and refreshing change of atmosphere.

Many people have written to me about budgetary constraints -- all too common in tough economic times. Why not try a picnic or go to the beach if you want to go out but cannot afford the menus on offer? Another option is to enjoy a regular Sunday dinner and purchase a special dessert or take mum out for ice cream after dinner. Is your mother a movie buff? Then take her to the cinema and let her indulge in popcorn, nachos or a hot dog. There are many creative ways from expensive to value choices to treat your mother.

For those of you staying in and cooking this Mother's Day, today's recipes can be part of a buffet spread. Have a wonderful Mother's Day and treasure the most special woman who is the centre of every home.

JuicyChef's Springtime Stew

with Pork and Zucchini

Sometimes I am not in the mood for overly spicy food and crave something

different. I like to make this light pork stew as it evokes the flavours of spring

with tender zucchini, which is now in season. It's a rustic dish, reminiscent of

southern France. I was inspired by similar dishes that I relished during the

years I spent in France. You can serve it with rice or potatoes, but I prefer to

consume it simply with a French baguette or as a pork dish amongst other

meat dishes for a large spread feeding many. This recipe serves four to six

people and can be doubled to feed more.

Ingredients:

500g/1lb pork stew

2 medium zucchini, sliced

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1 large sweet pepper, deseeded

and sliced

Handful of white mushrooms, sliced

1 14oz can diced tomatoes

1 tsp tomato paste

1 tsp brown sugar (optional only to

counteract acidity of tomatoes if

necessary)

1 fat sprig of thyme, leaves stripped

1 stalk rosemary, needles stripped

and roughly chopped

1 small bunch of parsley, roughly

chopped

Flour to coat

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil

Method:

Generously season pork stew

pieces with salt and pepper, then

coat with flour.

In a large casserole, sauté onions in

vegetable oil over medium heat

until translucent, then add garlic

and sweet pepper and continue

cooking for a minute more.

Increase heat to high, add pork and

stir-fry for about three minutes until

golden brown.

Add tomato paste and stir.

Add mushrooms, thyme, rosemary,

and diced tomatoes, mix.

Bring to a boil then simmer for 20

to 25 minutes or until pork is

cooked through.

Check the taste to see if you need to

add sugar, more salt and pepper.

Serve garnished with fresh parsley.

Yellow Tomato and Chickpea Salad

Again, this is one of those recipes I throw together with what I have in my

pantry and fridge. I love the colour of yellow cherry tomatoes as they are

unusual, and I enjoy their delicious candy-like flavour so whenever I see them,

I buy them. If you don't have or dislike cilantro, you can substitute with

another herb.

Ingredients:

1 carton of yellow cherry tomatoes,

rinsed

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed

Cilantro, roughly chopped

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Cut yellow cherry tomatoes in half.

Add chickpeas to a bowl and add

tomatoes, then season with salt

and pepper.

Mix one part vinegar to two parts

olive oil and whisk, then pour over

salad and mix well.

Mix in cilantro and chill for at least

an hour before serving.

Special thanks to my weekly sponsors, MegaMart.

Contact me at juicycheffoodmedia@gmail.com.

Bon Appétit and Happy Mother's Day!!

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